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Lesli among her beehives

Avital’s in the GreenStar News!

The December Green Leaf GreenStar did a feature on Avital’s in their Green Leaf monthly! They took some beautiful pictures of my bees (and a great one of me!). Read all about it!

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Planners

So Much Planning…

Back when I was a system administrator, work was simpler. There were the immediate response things, like a flood of spam or a server that needed repair. And there were the projects, which involved new software, or upgrades. The projects were mostly easy to break down into checklists that could…

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New for Winter

We had a list of projects this summer, and we accomplished most of them! You benefit. One of our favorites is the new Scrub Bee Bar. The only problem with it is that people think it’s soap, when in fact, it’s a moisturizing body scrub. In a bar. Confusing? I…

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Disappearing Posts

I upgraded WordPress a couple of weeks ago, and all my summer posts disappeared. Really? I could go back and restore them, but I think I’ll let them float away on the ether. The most important thing was saying hi to Kathi, who is no longer a new employee–she’s gained…

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It’s Spring! Go Make Some Lip Balm

Yeah, spring! Here’s your beekeeper PSA: don’t get rid of your dandelions! Absolutely do not spray them with poison, and don’t even mow them until they go to seed. They are an important food source for honey bees at this time of year. So be lazy and let your lawn…

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Something New Coming Up!

After the holiday rush, there’s a lull for businesses like mine. It’s a great time to take a deep breath and get creative! So that’s what we’ve been doing. Cole and I are working on some new lines to keep our fans happy. And we’re planning the spring bee yard maintenance….

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Passion Planner

Resolute Resolutions

On Facebook the other day, someone posted a meme: “I should open a gym called Resolutions. It will have exercise equipment for two weeks, and then turn into a bar for the rest of the year.” I normally avoid this problem by not making resolutions. But this year is different….

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A Living Wage

Businesses, especially small businesses, reflect their owners. My priorities and my values are reflected in the decisions I make every day, from the ingredients I use to the containers I buy to how I pay my employees. Or, because I’m so small, employee, singular. Getting ready for your first employee…

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Simply Body Soap Net

Let’s Talk about Bar Soap

Recently, I interviewed many of my customers to get a feel for what they like about my products. One thing became clear quickly: a lot of people prefer liquid soap to bar soap. This was surprising to me, because I sell a lot of bar soap! I do make and…

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Cornell Orchards And More

Hey Avital’s Fans! You have been buying out the soaps, balms, and lotions at Cornell Orchards! The Orchards has been one of my family’s favorite stops for fresh apples, pears, and other locally grown goodness. We always buy enough to make quarts and quarts of fresh, homemade applesauce. I hope you…